Carrot 'Lunar White'

Daucus carota ssp. sativus 'Lunar White'

Carrot, Wortel (Afr.)

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Lunar White is a biennial carrot which is usually harvested as an annual. Lunar White is a sweet white carrot with green shoulders. It was popular in the 1600's in Northern Europe, but has since become scarce. They are pure white and almost coreless, with a mild taste.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring

Harvesting

Begin gathering baby carrots when big enough to eat to allow the remaining carrots to reach a larger size. If difficult to pull, make sure the ground is moist. To store carrots over winter, twist off the tops but do not wash them. Layer them in damp sand.

Propagation

Seed

Direct sow 1 cm deep and 30 cm apart. They take 1 to 3 weeks to germinate Sowing time: Spring/Summer;

Special features

Origin

Northern Europe

Natural climate

Cool climate

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Half-Hardy

Uses

Edible

The taproot is edible and used fresh, cooked or preserved.

Notes

Culinary

Personality

Family

Apiaceae

Flower colour

White

Scent

None

Problems

The carrot fly is drawn to carrots by the smell of crushed foliage. Reduce the risk by thinning plants in the evening on a still day, removing any thinnings and watering afterwards. They are low-flying insects: erecting a ‘wind-break’ style shield around the plants will keep the flies at bay. Carrots can suffer from Thielaviopsis basicola (Black Root rot), Xanthomonas campestris pv. carotae (Leaf blight) and Sclerotinia sclerotiorum (White mould)

Companion plants

Lettuce, onions, radish, tomatoes, basil, parsley, rocket
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